The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
He is Sgt. Stanley E. Baylor, U.S. Army, of Webster, N.Y. His funeral will be held on Aug. 1 in Warsaw, N.Y.
According to the 2/17/09 DOD press release, Baylor was declared missing in November, 1950, after his battalion was surrounded and effectively ceased to exist. Between 1991-94, North Korea gave the U.S. 208 boxes of remains believed to contain the remains of 200-400 U.S. servicemen.
After forensic testing, Baylor was found to be among them.
Fifty nine years is a long time to wait to hear what happened to your loved one. Sixteen years seems like an excessively long time for the remains to be identified, but I have to remember – this is the military.